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IMO Secretary-General about SMM 2012

Shipbuilding, Machinery & Marine technology international trade fair in Hamburg Koji Sekimizu, the new Secretary-General of IMO (International Maritime Organization) has been in office for just under two months now. He gave an interview to Hamburg Fair in the run-up to the 25th SMM, shipbuilding, machinery & marine technology international trade fair Hamburg, to be held from 4 to 7 September, expressing his appreciation of the progress made by shipping towards more sustainability - "I am more than happy to talk about what activities the regulator of the international shipping industry has taken, as IMO has a very good story to tell in this respect."He then referred to the mandatory measures adopted by IMO in this context in the past year and added that, as soon as they have entered into force in 2013, they would require a progressive improvement in vessel efficiency and a consequent reduction in CO2 emissions. But he underlined the fact that it was left to industry to determine exactly how the defined targets are to be met - "It will be interesting to see which technologies find favour".Global application Mr. Sekimizu explained that, in parallel to the "Energy Efficiency Design Index" (EEDI) for new ships, ...

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Koji Sekimizu Visits PTC Regional Office in Manila

IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu visits Philippines International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary General Koji Sekimizu visited the agency's regional headquarters in East Asia located at the head office of Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc. (PTC) in Makati last February 7, 2012 as part of his 3-day state visit to the country.In his first official visit to the country after assuming office last January 2, he underscored the importance the IMO has bestowed on the Philippines as a maritime country and a primary source of highly-qualified and competent maritime professionals worldwide.Secretary General Sekimizu was warmly welcomed by PTC Chairman, Ambassador Carlos C. Salinas and other PTC officials; members of the IMO Regional Presence for Technical Co-operation in East Asia headed by Regional Coordinator Atty. Brenda V. Pimentel; representatives of the Filipino Shipowners Association (FSA); and alumni of the World Maritime University and the International Maritime Law Institute.A brief closed-door meeting took place between the Secretary General and the IMO regional officers, followed by a tour of the Philippine Center for Advanced Maritime Simulation and Training, Inc. (PHILCAMSAT), an internationally-certified training center dedicated to the continuing professional advancement of Filipino seafarers. Highly-impressed with PHILCAMSAT's world-class training facilities, Secretary General Sekimizu experimented with one of ...

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IMO Secretary-General urges rapid and full casualty investigation

IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu expresses his condolences IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has expressed his condolences and sympathy for all those caught up in tragic accidents involving ships over the weekend.Speaking at the opening of the IMO Sub-Committee on Stability, Load Lines and Fishing Vessel Safety today (16 January 2011) Mr Sekimizu said, "I wish to express my sincere condolences and sympathy on behalf of IMO to the families of those who have lost their lives the cruise ship Costa Concordia.""Further, I appreciate the Italian Coast Guard for their rescue operations over the night of the accident and the continued efforts deploying patrol boats, tugs, helicopters as well as diver teams, which have resulted in the highest number of people rescued in the history of the Italian Coast Guard.""Causes of this accident are still not yet established. We must wait for the casualty investigation and should not pre-judge or speculate at this stage. I would like to urge the Flag State administration to carry out the casualty investigation covering all aspects of this accident and provide the findings to the IMO under the provisions of SOLAS as soon as possible," he said.He added "IMO must not take this accident lightly. We ...

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New Secretary-General for IMO

Mr. Koji Sekimizu of Japan is the eighth Secretary-General from 1 January 2012 Mr. Koji Sekimizu was elected Secretary-General of the Organization by the106th session of the IMO Council in June 2011 for an initial four-year period beginning 1 January 2012. The election was endorsed by the IMO's Assembly at its 27th session in November 2011.For more information, click hereSource: IMO

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Mr Koji Sekimizu elected as IMO Secretary-General

For an initial term of four years Mr. Koji Sekimizu of Japan has been elected as the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with effect from 1 January 2012, for an initial term of four years.The vote took place during the 106th session of the 40-Member strong IMO Council, which is meeting from 27 June to 1 July 2011. The decision of the Council will be submitted to the IMO Assembly, which meets for its 27th session from 21 to 30 November 2011, for approval.Mr. Sekimizu, 58, is currently Director of IMO's Maritime Safety Division. Mr. Sekimizu studied marine engineering and naval architecture and joined the Ministry of Transport of Japan in 1977, working initially as a ship inspector and moving on to senior positions in both maritime safety and environment related positions within the Ministry.He began attending IMO meetings as part of the Japanese delegation in 1980 and joined the IMO Secretariat in 1989, initially as Technical Officer, Sub-Division for Technology, Maritime Safety Division, becoming Head, Technology Section in 1992, then moving to become Senior Deputy Director, Marine Environment Division in 1997 and Director of that Division in 2000, before moving to his current position in 2004.Congratulating the ...

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